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Thread: Even spaces for cross hatch quilting?

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    Question Even spaces for cross hatch quilting?

    What methods do you all use to get even spaces with cross hatch quilting?

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    I use masking tape - you can get it in various sizes, I place the first strip across the centre of the quilt first or as close as I can get making sure the placement is right and work out from there - bear in mind I do hand quilting so it might be different if you are machine quilting

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    If you have a quilting guide for your machine, that makes it very easy to maintain even spacing. It's a metal bar with a long "foot" perpendicular to the bar. It is fed through a hole in the regular foot or walking foot. You mark your first line and then set the guide to the interval you want. After that you put the long foot on the previous stitching line and you automatically will be sewing at the correct distance.

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    I use masking tape too, both for hand quilting and machine quilting. It is my most used quilting accessory.
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    I also use the quilting guide. It's really helpful if you have one that you can set for either the left or right side.

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    it depends on the distance wanted- if it's narrow lining up the side of my foot may work- using my seam guide is next and for wider lines tape. painters tape does not tend to leave a sticky residue like masking tape will and comes in a variety of widths from 1/2"- up to 2 1/2"
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    I use my quilting guide that came with my Pfaff and it makes it easy.
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    I also use masking tape or blue painter's tape when machine quilting. It works very well for keeping the stitching rows even.
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    Several years ago Quilter's Newsletter magazine ask this same question. Several quilters responded, me included.
    In a later issue they discussed the same subject and mine was the only answer they gave......MY head is big this morning. So here it is. This is based on messing up the squares many times and designing the preprinted whole cloth quilts.
    Place a mark around the outside edge of the area you want to grid. Use 1" or whatever measurement you want. a 1" on the diagonal will give you about a 3/4" square in the grid.
    Then connect the dots from side to side. You can use whatever method you want to mark the line. However, In find that even if I don't mark the entire length of the line, placing tick marks down the row helps me to keep the squares even. I tend, however to mark the entire line. I have had too many squares turn into rectangles or womply diamonds when I don't mark for alighnment

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    Thanks for all the responses. I recently bought a quilt guide that attaches to the shaft. I have a Juki 2010 and I don't think the quilting guide will fit when I have the walking foot on (bummer). If fits nicely if I use another foot, but I really like to use the walking foot when quilting. I could possibly purchase another walking foot where the guide attaches to it, but I don't want to spend the money right now. Thanks again!

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